It was a difficult week on Speyside, the river was unsteady which puts the fish off the take and there was a pollution incident on Wednesday night /Thursday morning that affected the beats below Craigellachie for most of Thursday. The tides peaked this weekend and there will be no new water next week. The forecast is for another wet week with either Wednesday or Thursday being the driest. Temperatures start high but drop as the week progresses. I think the swifts have already left for warmer climates as I have not seen one on the river this week, just as the arrival of the swallows and martins predict the arrival of summer their return south suggests autumn is on its way.
Catches: As I suggested above the catches have not been great. Gordon Castle continues to catch fish and continue to see running fish. Delfur had a quieter week for their high standards with almost thirty landed.
Rothes was disappointing at the end of the week just managing mid teens. Craigellachie followed a similar pattern with the week starting alright but finishing very disappointingly. Wester Elchies had a better week with eleven landed. Carron were the opposite of most starting poorly but finishing better on Saturday. As usual I have no information above Carron, although I heard in Aberlour that a pike had been caught around where the Avon joins the Spey, my informant was unsure of its size or whether it had survived the encounter. Grantown had a better week than of late with sixteen landed mostly grilse although the best of the week was an eighteen pounder from Tarric Mor on Wednesday. The seatrout are past their best now and the catches reflect this. Can I please ask for photographs, surely I am not the only angler that takes snaps of fish, please email me them at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me on 07967970704.